Hitting Back

Hamas Responds to Israeli Airstrikes

Spokesmen for Hamas are publicly promising retaliation for Israeli airstrikes Sunday morning that reportedly killed 9 Palestinians, despite a temporary ceasefire. “We will defend ourselves with all means possible and we will counter any new offensives,” said spokesman Abu Obaida, adding that the agreement “doesn’t mean that the hands of resistance are shackled to respond to the Zionist aggression.” The airstrikes targeted metal workshops and smuggling tunnels in Gaza near the Egyptian border, and an official defended them as a response to a Qassam rocket that was fired this weekend in Sderot, for which no group has publicly taken responsibility.